Whichever city you choose, you will have the opportunity to do meaningful work while learning about the culture, enjoying its food, and taking in the sights. Each city has its own rhythm and features. Here are a few examples:
Suzhou is known as the “Venice of the East.” It is the tourist city of China, with ancient waterways and classical gardens. It is only 25 minutes by train from Shanghai. It has both well-preserved and new high-tech districts, so there is a bit of everything as it harmoniously weaves the old and the new. There are scenic lakes and mountains and its beautiful reputation is well-earned.
Suzhou has a large number of expats. Life is comfortable, with plenty of amenities, including malls, foreign supermarkets, gyms, and countless Starbuck’s. Once you work here you may not want to accept jobs anywhere else!
Shanghai is the New York of China. Teaching in Shanghai offers exposure to a magnificent city, known for its continuous growth and elegant beauty. Its famous strip along the river, The Bund, displays some of the most fascinating skyscrapers in the world. Shanghai is a cosmopolitan centre for all of South East Asia with its international airport and financial district, and stands as a place of cutting edge innovation in fashion and design
As one of the largest cities in the world, Shanghai attracts people from all around the globe, for work, tourism and study. Museums, world renowned art galleries, and a European flavour in its French Concession, Shanghai is a city of endless enjoyment. If you want to learn the language and be immersed in the culture, a smaller city would be a better choice.
Teaching in Beijing will put you in the heart of China, where you will be steeped in its long, famous history and vibrant, modern way of life. With its famous universities and schools, Beijing is known as the educational centre of China. Beijing is the sprawling capital of China and its history goes back over 3,000 years. There are plenty of attractions in Beijing, including the Great Wall, the Summer Palace, and the Forbidden City. It is a unique blend of ancient traditions and modern culture.
Living in Beijing offers an exciting array of music, fashion and art, as well as cultural as well as international events and shows. Unique in its ability to depict both the past and future of the Middle Kingdom – Beijing is the heart of China. Huge numbers of foreigners flock to Beijing for work so it is a cosmopolitan city, much like Shanghai, with people from all over the world, working in all kinds of industries.
With a population of a million, Changshu is a “small” city, with a quiet, relaxed pace of life. It is conveniently located within the borders of Suzhou and less than two hours from Shanghai. Changshu is definitely one of the more traditional cities in China and is thus a great location for those wanting to immerse themselves in the local culture.
You probably won’t bump into many other foreigners in the city, and when you do you’ll probably recognize them from one of the three large international schools.